Saturday, June 6, 2009

Snarly Yow

The Snarly Yow is a Hell Hound or Phantom Black Dog which is said to haunt the South Mountain area of Maryland.

Appearance: A large black dog, though one sighting involved a white headless dog which dragged a chain.

Lore: According to legend, the beast lives in a canyon and follows the same trail each night. The Snarly Yow delights in chasing cars as well as scaring people by jumping out of bushes right before pedestrians or hikers pass. The beast is also said to block roads, baring people from passing as well as to fake being run over, by which a motorist believes they have struck a dog only to get out of the car to find the animal has vanished. There are no known incidents of the Snarly Yow hurting anyone, just scaring the living daylights out of people. There doesn't seem to be any lore about the beast being an omen of ill-fortune either, unlike most sightings of Hell Hounds. At the base of South Mountain there is a plaque that provides lore concerning the Snarly Yow. The plaque reads:

"Beware of the “Snarly Yow.” Legend has it that the shadow of a black dog used to prowl the heights of South Mountain. One night, a huntsman, famous as a sure shot, encountered the beast. He aimed and fired his rifle. The shot went right through the animal with no effect. He fired again and again, each shot passing through the shadowy beast. Finally overcome with dread, the huntsman fled."

Powers: The creature can magically appear and disappear at will, as well as change colors. Some witnesses claim the creature's coat constantly changes back and forth between a white one and a black one. The Snarly Yow is immune to bullets.

The Snarly Yow

Beware The Snarly Yow


Patrick Boyton said...

I enjoyed your coverage on the Snarly Yow. I recently published a book on another Maryland legend- the Snallygaster. More information on "Snallygaster: the Lost Legend of Frederick County" can be found at

BoyintheMachine said...

Thank You. I had the Snallygaster on my list of Monsters to blog about, so thanks for reminding me.

Unknown said...

Snarly yaw is real, I didn’t see it, but the sound of that growl and is footsteps will never leave my mind.

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